BOSTON -- For the second straight day, Stephen Drew tested out his ailing hamstring, with a series of wind sprints in the outfield before the afternoon game.
Farrell targeted Saturday, the second game of the Red Sox’ 10-game West Coast road swing, as a probable return date for the shortstop.
“We’re getting closer [and] hopefully stay away from the DL with Stephen,” Farrell said. “We’re thinking Saturday might be a day in which he’s back in the starting lineup, if he continues to progress as he has the last couple of days.”
Drew participated in batting practice on Wednesday in addition to agility drills aimed at testing out his injured leg.
Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz threw on flat ground for the third straight day, stretching out to 90 feet in accordance with the plan he outlined earlier in the week.
“The next progressive step after Friday would be to get out to 120-feet, or 105-feet,” Farrell said. “We kind of add 15-feet to each throwing session. Most importantly is how he’s feeling this morning after a good work day yesterday.”
Buchholz, who was placed on the DL retroactive to June 9, can return any time he's ready.
“He’s still in a day-to-day status,” Farrell said. “So hopefully we can continue on as we’ve been and that is starters going deep in the game where we haven’t been forced to tax the bullpen. That’s also factored into this, buying us some time and going with one less reliever.”